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8 Tips for a Healthier Halloween for Military Families

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I am not one of those no-candy-at-Halloween people. When I was a kid, I was a count-out-all-of-your-candy-and-strategize-which-pieces-are-the-best-and-which-should-be-in-a-hostage-exchange-with-my-sisters kind of kid. As an adult, I’m sad that we live in an apartment complex without trick-or-treaters–I’d love to buy bags of candy and open the door a million times in one night. No really, I mean it! And of course, I always manage to pick up a few treats for John and myself. Dressing up is nice, but candy is really part of the fun and nostalgia of the holiday!

Easy tips for enjoying Halloween candy but making sure that they don't have long lasting, unhealthy effects.

Of course, you shouldn’t down wads of candy every day, for your teeth, your waistline, and your health, but the reality of this time of year is you’re probably going to eat a little extra sugar right about now. (Maybe you’re chomping on a peanut butter cup reading this. I wish I was!)  Still, no one wants to look like a jack o’lantern by the end of Christmas!

Here’s how to keep your family’s smiles just as bright and healthy this happy Halloween season:

Be regular

Make sure that you and the kids (especially the kids!) have a teeth brushing regimen. Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush.

Use fluoride

Especially if you live on well water that is not fluoridated, you should make sure that your toothpaste and mouthwash have fluoride.

Floss, floss, floss

It’s tough to get children to floss, and it’s easy for adult to overlook it when it comes to a busy schedule. Flossing helps to keep gums and teeth healthy by removing plaque.

Easy tips for enjoying Halloween candy but making sure that they don't have long lasting, unhealthy effects.

Take care

This is gross, but you shouldn’t share your toothbrush, cover it, or store it in closed containers regularly. Instead, after use, rinse your toothbrush with water and air-dry it in an upright position.

See the dentist

Be proactive and make regular dentist visits a priority. Make sure that you’re seeing the dentist regularly and scheduling (and keeping) appointments.

Be in the know

You should definitely know whether or not you are enrolled in dental care. You can learn more about TRICARE’s dental options for National Guard, active duty, and Reserve families.


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